Thursday, November 12, 2009

What Works for Most Does Not Work For All

It may seem like it works in the opposite way, if you went to a public school like mine when you were a kid. It may seem like the teacher is only required to teach in a prescribed way, the same way for all students, and it is the student who fails if he doesn’t learn. Because that is what they say, the student failed. But the student does get another teacher or a tutor or special classes or special education, in recognition of the fact that that student can learn the same things, but needs a different way. So, I don’t think it is different. It’s just that our public schools have developed that way. They teach in a way that works for most students and only individualize the lessons when they have to. It may be an efficient way to get everyone through the required 12 years of school with the minimum possible expenditure of resources, but it stigmatizes and demoralizes those that it fails, instead of just acknowledging that no one-size-fits-all teaching could ever work for everyone. If your goal is to teach everyone who needs to know and is willing to learn, that philosophy of education will not help you achieve your goal.

Doing the Right Thing
and Achieving All Your Goals at the Same Time


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